Griffin + Bell Education Ltd
25-27 Heath Street
81 Fulham Road
London SW3 6RD
Tel: 0203 535 0835
We have visited Griffin + Bell’s offices. In addition, 41 clients and 19 tutors have completed an on-line survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Griffin and Bell Education
Husband and wife team Victoria and Matt Smith run a very personal service (no switchboard), with the help of Luke Fowler and Abraham Hagos, all of whom work from a sundrenched office in Hampstead Village. As of 2019, they have a second office on the Fulham Road. Both are Oxford English graduates who still keep up tutoring, while Luke is the resident maths and science expert, and Abraham handles the invoicing and admin. We found them calm, measured, knowledgeable and judicious.
Review snapshot: This is the Innocent Drinks (as in smoothies) of the tutor world – run by bright young things that have come in and shaken up all the industry norms, resulting in a friendly, energetic, highly branded, internet-savvy company with a clear edge.
Review snapshot: ‘We have families that stay with us throughout their children’s upbringing – then we look after their own children. This really does happen, with generations of the same family having worked with us.’ ‘Having a small register, we know our tutors personally. Some have been with us for many years which helps greatly in matching clients and tutors appropriately.’
Review snapshot: "Founded in 2006 by Kate Shand who is committed, passionate, energetic and hugely likeable. Clearly on a mission to deliver a top quality service to her clients – and her tutors – Kate is eloquent on the personal nature of the tutor-client-agency relationship and has a positively moral take on what she sees as her job." read more
Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university level (‘but we hold our hands up if we can’t help, for instance we recently had to turn down a tutoring request from a property development student,’ says Matthew). Specialist subjects currently span biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English language, English lit, geography, history, RE, philosophy and ethics, psychology, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, PE, business studies and economics. Small amount of 11+ and 13+ also on offer from non-teacher trained tutors.
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